Question about joining plywood edge to edge

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Forum topic by georgeet posted 11-20-2016 10:31 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2016 10:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood butt joint dowel joint router joint joining

I’m an artist and am working on some shaped canvases using plywood forms for the stretchers. I want to avoid wastage and cut out the forms in parts rather than use up a single sheet. I made one so far cut in two long pieces and joined using dowels with a butt joint, but I’m wondering if I could make that stronger. I rout the adjoining edges so they match so I could easily (I think) cut a short scarf joint with an angle bit or even cut some sort of finger or puzzle joint along with the dowels. There will be a steel strap on one side to keep it straight.

Do I need to bother making the joint more complicated or is a doweled butt joint fine? Any advice?

This is an example of what I’m doing (ignore the branch). This was cut from 3/4” plywood in two long pieces app. 48” lomg and joined on the short sides. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 11-20-2016 11:06 PM

if one side is not to be exposed to the view corrugated fasteners would be perfect !

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 11:07 PM

Dowels are fine.

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#3 posted 11-20-2016 11:55 PM

Also use pocket hole screws

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